Thief by A. Zavarelli

Title: Thief
Series: Boston Underworld #5
Author: A. Zavarelli

Genre: Dark Romance

Release Date: February 23, 2018


I’m a good girl.
I live by a code
that can’t be bent or broken. It is my duty to my family to stay innocent and
pure. To marry an Italian man. The stars are already aligned.
But Nikolai Kozlov
re-writes my destiny with five simple words.
You belong to me
He’s Russian mafiya.
A thief. A skilled liar with no moral boundaries. He is everything I have
been taught to hate. A man who stands for nothing. A man who takes what he
wants without a second thought.
And what he wanted
was me.
He thinks he
controls my fate, but what he doesn’t know is, sometimes it’s the good girls
you have to watch out for. 
I’m a dangerous man.
I live by a code.
The Vory code. It is my duty to my family to protect the brotherhood. To
destroy anyone who threatens what we stand for, including her.
She’s a dancer. A
beautiful little doll. My prisoner, and my new favorite puppet. This mafia
princess thinks she has me under her spell, but in the end, she is simply
It’s a shame to
destroy precious things.


But this is what bad
men do.
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The first thing I always notice about a person is their
posture. I was raised to believe that good posture conveys good manners, as
well as respect for those around you. Nikolai carries his posture like a casual
‘f#ck you’ to everyone around him. There is no decorum in his leather jacket,
jeans, or his haphazardly laced motorcycle boots. Everything he wears is black,
but the small glimpse of skin beneath is a riot of colors. Tattoos cover every
inch of his exposed skin, including his throat.
I’m not sure which is more offensive- the ink or the faux
hawk atop his head. This is not the way you attend a ballet, nor is he the type
of man I expect my father to keep company with.
“Tanaka.” He reaches for my hand and kisses it in a way that
few men would ever dare to do in my father’s presence. “You dance beautifully.”
The words are unmistakably accented. Russian. And I’m
struggling to maintain my composure while making sense of this situation. My
father has always been protective of me. His own men know better than to speak
to me or look at me, but for this stranger, somehow, it’s okay.

My manners, at least, are still intact, so I reply as I should. “You’ve seen me

Nikolai flashes a boyish smile in contrast to the deepness
of his blue-green eyes. “I like to invest my time in the arts.”
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Author Bio
A. Zavarelli is a USA Today and Amazon bestselling
She likes all things chocolate, books that come with warnings, and putting her
characters through hell. Her tales have been known to flirt with darkness and
sometimes court it unabashedly altogether. Revenge themes and tortured souls
are her favorites to write and this gives her an excuse to watch bizarre and
twisted documentaries in her spare time.She currently lives in the Northwest with her lumberjack and an entire brood of
fur babies.
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4.5 stars

Thief by A. Zavarelli is the fifth book in her Boston Underworld series, however, the first book I have read by both the author and in the series. I enjoyed the book and did not once feel lost, so this can definitely be read as a standalone.

I was generally surprised by this book. I loved the blurb as soon as I read it I knew I had to read this book and I am so glad I did. It was dark, yes, but also kind of sweet as well. The two characters should have hated each other, and I loved how the author brought them together.

Tanaka has always been the good girl. The one that can be counted on. Her future has always been mapped out for her and she is willing to do what is expected of her. But all that changes when Nikolai Kozlov changes her life.

Nikolai is from the Russian mafia and a very dangerous man. It is his job to protect his brotherhood and everything it stands for. And the beautiful Italian dancer is currently his and is only supposed to be collateral. He is a bad man and bad men destroy things.

This story should really be read and experienced, but the way the two main characters come to meet is completely unconventional. There is so much emotional turmoil, but not only about how they come together, but secrets and lies as well. He is the captor and she only the collateral that may have to be paid with her life. There should be nothing there between these two, however, how do you fight an attraction so powerful?

I loved this story. Nikolai the monster, but who we see in a totally different light. And the beautiful, but broken dancer who is barely hanging on. So much tearing them apart, that when things come to a head, will they survive? I loved this story so much! I am definitely looking to read more on this series, but from this author as well.

~ Liz

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